12/29/09 Sonya and Norma, about 30
Today I brought Tony (faithful church member and small group leader) with me to witness at the grocery store. We got in a long conversation with Sonya and Norma, sisters who have rejected their Catholic upbringing and now seem to have a smorgasbord "pick and choose" attitude toward religion. Listening to all their ideas helped us win the right to share biblical Christianity with them and I believe that many seeds of truth were planted that God can grow. Two things stood out to me from this conversation. One is that every complaint and practice of the Catholic church that led its rejection by these two women were examples of what happens when the church veers away from biblical truth, and though I try not to criticize various church traditions I did feel it important to point that out to them when explaining the importance of the Bible as God's word. The other is the importance of keeping the conversation on track, even if it means tolerating some differences of opinion about side issues that can lead us away from the central issues of salvation. Toward the end Sonya stated her opinion that the government staged the tragedy of 9-11 and that no one in the media or government can be trusted. It was hard to keep from an argument, but in the end these sisters took additional info to read and thanked us for the conversation.